Lake Erie Men Look for Second Straight Win on Saturday at Central State

GAME 19: Lake Erie College Storm (6-12) vs. Central State University Marauders (11-3)
When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Beacom-Lewis Gymnasium (2,300 capacity) in Wilberforce, Ohio
Radio/Audio Broadcast: none
Series History: Central State leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 21, 2009 (Central State won 78-53)

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LAKE ERIE LOOKS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN: With wins in two of its last three games, the Lake Erie College men's basketball team looks to continue its recent strong play this weekend at Central State University. The 4 p.m. tip-off from Beacom-Lewis Gymnasium will follow the Lake Erie-Central State women's game.  The Storm (6-12), coming off an 88-62 win over Davis & Elkins College Monday night (Jan. 4),  will be looking to win back-to-back games for the second time this season.  Central State, off to an 11-3 start, has not played since a 59-58 win at Lincoln University on Dec. 22. 

23rd SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 23rd season in Lake Erie men's basketball history, in which the Storm has posted an overall record of 187-373 (.334). However, since opening the 2002-03 season, Lake Erie is 114-93 (.550).

WINTER BREAK: After playing at Central State, the Storm will have a two-week break before returning to the court on Jan. 23 at Urbana.  LEC will then play another road game two days later before returning to the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center on Jan. 30 against Ohio Dominican. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Leading by just a basket at 53-51, Lake Erie outscored Davis & Elkins 35-11 over the final 11 minutes en route to an 88-62 victory on Monday night.  The second-half explosion, which included a 21-4 run, resulted in a season-high offensive night for the Storm (which shot 51.5% from the field, hitting eight-of-19 from three-point range).  Behind senior Darnell Campbell and freshman Garrick Sims, the Storm dominated the glass, outrebounding the Senators 53-27.  Campbell led LEC with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Sims grabbed 10 boards and added nine points.  Three other Storm players scored in double figures: junior Ethan Bradshaw with 14 points and junior Antonio Kidd and freshman Alex Davis with 12 points apiece.  The 12 points by Davis marked a career high.  Kidd also handed out seven assists in the win. 

CLICKING CAMPBELL: In the last five games, Lake Erie has gotten huge production from its lone senior on the floor, Darnell Campbell.  He scored his 1,000th career point in a 21-point effort against California (Pa.) on Dec. 21. That was the beginning of a stretch in which the 6-foot-6 Campbell has averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He also piled up a season-high 11 rebounds in a Jan. 4 win over Davis & Elkins, recording his eighth career double-double in the process. Campbell sits in ninth place on the Storm's all-time scoring list with 1,071 career points.

KIDD CONNECTING FROM DEEP: In the last four games, junior guard Antonio Kidd is shooting 55% (11-of-20) from three-point range.  Prior to that, he was hitting on just 28.6% from beyond the arc. 

E's PRODUCTION: Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw has also been very good in his last four outings, posting 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Bradshaw is the Storm's leading scorer at 13.6 points per game and tops the team lead with 23 steals.

WINNING THE FIRST HALF: Thus far this season, the Storm can place a high importance on getting off to a strong start. The Storm is 5-0 when leading at halftime, but just 1-12 when trailing at the break. Also, Lake Erie is just 1-9 when the opponent gets on the board first, but is 5-3 when converting the first bucket of the game.